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BFA Program

MassArt’s Animation Department prepares BFA students to enter the world of professional animation, while encouraging experimentation and innovation.

As an Animation major at MassArt, you’ll receive a cutting-edge education in the field of animation that balances technique and skill with creativity and innovation. You’ll be encouraged to take risks, work collaboratively, and think about your work within broader historical, social, and cultural contexts.

Students begin with assignments that emphasize building technical skills while also encouraging inventive and experimental work, right out of the gate. As you dig into your own projects, you’ll master production efficiency, learn organizational structures, practice creative problem solving, and develop flexibility. While building these foundational skills, you’ll also learn how to teach yourself new techniques – a critical skill for any successful animator.

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Animation Studios & Resources

Our Animation students have access to both analog and digital technologies, allowing exploration and discovery that informs their artistic vision, voice and direction.

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As students produce original work, they will also work hard at revision and take part in group critiques. Here, you’ll be part of a tight-knit community of Animation students and faculty who are excited to see you take your work to the next level. 

When you finish your degree, you’ll be well-prepared to work as a professional animator, or apply your skills as a practicing artist or designer. Our graduates go on to work in film, television, advertising, gaming, interactive media, and other fields.

BFA Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the Animation BFA program are expected to be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes.

Students learn the production skills needed to become a professional animator, which include technical proficiency, organizational structures, and ongoing development of self-education, or learning how to learn.

Students develop a creative process that involves risk-taking, intuition, collaboration, originality and the art of revision as it applies to animation.

Students engage in extensive critiques of various methods as an integral part of learning through engaged participation, reflection, and subsequent action.

Students situate their studio practice in the historical, social and cultural contexts within and surrounding animation.

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